Taconic hosting 'NextGen' concerts with students, faculty

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MANCHESTER — Taconic Music is hosting its first NextGen concerts, featuring students from the Chamber Music Intensive program, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 at the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester.

The Saturday program will feature string quartets by Ravel, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, and the first quintet for piano and strings by Dohnanyi. The student players, ages 20 through 28, include music majors from conservatory programs across the country, masters' level musicians, and one post-doctoral player, pianist Dan Sato.

Sunday's concert features Todd Palmer on clarinet and pianist Elizabeth Wright. They join faculty artists Joana Genova and Austin Hartman, violins; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; Nathaniel Parke and Thomas Landschoot, cello, and Molly Morkoski on piano.

The program features the Beethoven clarinet trio, opus 11, and Schumann's quintet for piano and strings, opus 44. In between, the audience will be treated to bluesy and deeply soulful music by American William Grant Still, and music by Pancho Vladigerov, who is widely regarded as the 'grandfather' of Bulgaria's classical tradition.

Suggested donation for Saturday's NextGen Concert is $10 at the door. Sunday's Festival Concert tickets are $25; $10 for students and children, and can be purchased online at taconicmusic.org, by calling 802-362-7162, and at the door.


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